The Boston Fire Department is one of the oldest in the nation. If your family is fascinated by the rich history of our city's best and bravest, they'll love the Boston Fire Museum.
Located in the old firehouse at 344 Congress St in Boston’s seaport district, the museum is filled with historical fire-fighting equipment and classic fire engines – including one built by Paul Revere!
The fire museum is run by an all-volunteer committee dedicated to preserving the history of firefighting and educating the public on fire safety.
The authentic collection of artifacts includes fire alarms, firefighting equipment, antique fire apparatus, and photographs.
You can even host your fire engine-loving child's birthday at the fire museum!
Children can climb aboard the1926 fire engine, ring the bell, slide down the pole like a real firefighter, and practice "running" a hose line to a make believe fire! Each child even gets their very own fire helmet as a gift.
Visit the official Birthday Planning Resource Page for more details and to schedule a party.
While you are there, be sure to pet Sparky, the Boston Fire Museum's very own firehouse Dalmatian. He loves kids and attention, so look for him near the entrance where he will likely be hanging out with the tour guides.
Those unable to visit the museum can still learn all about the history of Boston firefighting with an online audio tour. Click here to listen to the self-guided streamable audio tour on soundcloud.
The museum is open on Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is free, but your donation helps support the Boston Fire Department and continue to preserve its history!